Performa AFTERHOURS is a post-show get-together featuring a range of exciting emerging artists. Each Thursday night during the biennial, audiences can join the artists, curators, and organizers of Performa 17 for drinks, conversation, performance, and dancing at New York’s newest quintessential dance space, Public Arts. Evenings loosely draw on Performa 17’s historical anchor, 100 Degrees Above Dada, with artists who are invested in art’s revolutionary possibilities for social change and offer a counterpoint to the history, legacy, and influence of Dada in an effort to complicate and reimagine what we think we know about it. 

AFTERHOURS includes collaborations by musicians, artists, DJs, dancers, and club hosts creating a lively program that draws on the vitality of New York in the middle of a very international biennial.  Co-organized with New York-based feminist DJ collective DISCWOMAN, scheduled artists include multi-hyphenate musician Richard Kennedy, Johannesburg-based multimedia artist Tabita Rezaire, South African art star and activist Zanele Muholi, alongside DJ’s Shyboi and Bearcat. 

Image credit: Richard Kennedy, Shirtless. Photo by Jimmy Tagliafeerri